Backlash too hot for editor who branded curry waiters miserable

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THE editor of Britain's leading Indian restaurant magazine has resigned after causing uproar by condemning curry house waiters as "miserable gits", it was announced yesterday.

Managers at Tandoori Magazine said Iqbal Wahhab's resignation was "essential" after the storm of controversy over an editorial in this month's issue.

Distancing themselves from Mr Wahhab's comments, the magazine said a full apology would appear next month.

The managing director Ajay Patel said: "We would like to point out that the views expressed by Iqbal Wahhab were entirely his own and in no way reflected the views of anyone else at Tandoori."

In the magazine, which is mailed directly to 8,000 Indian restaurants across the UK, Mr Wahhab accused waiters of making dining out feel like going to a funeral and failing to make customers feel welcome.

He had launched a damage limitation exercise after his comments received widespread press coverage.

His links with the trade will continue, however - he is due to open his own restaurant in west London, complete, no doubt, with a full complement of happy, smiling waiters.